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Bhima-Koregaon: Supreme Court extends Navlakha’s interim protection till Oct 15

The Supreme Court extended interim protection to Gautam Navlakha till October 15 in Elgaar Parishad-Bhima Koregaon case and directed Maharashtra government to produce material it has against him.



Gautam Navlakha

The Supreme Court also directed Maharashtra Govt to produce material collected against Gautam Navlakha

The Supreme Court today – Friday, Oct 4 – extended the interim protection from arrest for journalist and rights activist Gautam Navlakha till October 15 in the Elgaar Parishad-Bhima Koregaon violence case in Pune.

A bench of Justices Arun Mishra and Deepak Gupta also directed the Maharashtra government to produce the material collected against Navlakha during the probe during the next hearing on October 15.

The bench was hearing Navlakha’s plea challenging the Bombay High Court’s rejection of his plea to quash the FIR against him in the case.

Navlakha’s plea in Supreme Court saw a series of recusals by judges, starting with Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi. None of the judges gave any reason for recusing themselves.

On Thursday, Justice Bhat became the fifth Supreme Court judge to recuse himself from hearing Navlakha’s petition.

Navlakha’s petition had come up before a bench headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi on September 30. The CJI recused without ascribing any reason. It was listed the next day before the bench of Justices NV Ramana, R Subhash Reddy and BR Gavai. All three judges recused, following which it was listed for Thursday before the bench headed by Justice Mishra. It was Justice Bhat’s turn to recuse himself.

Pune Police had registered an FIR against Navlakha and four others — Varavara Rao, Arun Ferreira, Vernon Gonsalves and Sudha Bharadwaj — in January 2018 after the Elgar Parishad held on December 31, 2017, that had allegedly triggered violence at Koregaon Bhima in Pune district the next day.

The police alleged Navlakha and others accused in the case had Maoist links and were working towards toppling the government. They are accused of conspiring to foment the Bhima Koregaon clashes at an event held in Pune on December 31, 2017, called Elgar Parishad.

The accused were booked under the provisions of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) and the Indian Penal Code.

Navlakha has denied the charges and called it a political ploy to muzzle dissent. His lawyers have argued that the charges are without substance or proof.

Navlakha said he did not belong to any banned organisation and had “raised only issues of civil rights”. He added, “The entire case is based on documents and statements by co-accused.”

The Maharashtra government had earlier filed a caveat in the matter seeking to be heard before any orders are passed. On September 13, the high court had refused to quash the FIR lodged against him in the 2017 Koregaon-Bhima case and for having alleged Maoist links, noting that there was prima facie substance in the case.

The high court had said, “Considering the magnitude of the case, we feel a thorough investigation is required”. The high court had, however, extended the protection from arrest to Navlakha for a period of three weeks to enable him to approach the Supreme Court to file an appeal against its order.

Besides Navlakha, four others — Varavara Rao, a poet-activist; Arun Ferreira,lawyer; Vernon Gonsalves, an activist; and Sudha Bharadwaj, another civil rights activist — are accused in the case.

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Bandi Parmeshwariji Charitable Trust appeals for donation of books, newspapers, toys

Old and discarded but still usable hardware like i-Pads, Tablets, Note-Books, Desktops, Laptops etc are welcome.



Gopal Singh of the trust

The Bandi Parmeshwariji Trust in Bihar’s Nalanda district has appealed to citizens to donate books, newspapers, toys, clothes for the needy.

The Trust is coming up with several public welfare projects such as a library, distribution of food items, setting up a sanitary pad manufacturing unit. For the same, the Trust has urged the people to extend donations.

The Trust has been created and settled for the uplift of Murgawan village, Nalanda, Bihar. Its primary focus is on education, skill development initiatives towards entrepreneurship and poverty alleviation, dealing with impoverishment and malnutrition, hygiene and health with emphasis on women and children.

The Trust press release listed the projects underway:

  • Setting up a library-reading room at the village community centre for children, youth and the elderly. It needs comics, fables, pictorials and workbooks in Hindi and English for children; newspapers and magazines for the elderly and examination and personality development related books and journals for youth.
  • A free coffee/tea dispenser and RO water dispenser is also being provisioned to draw in people and re-introduce them to reading, interacting and socialising and thereby break the social, gender and caste divide.
  • Combating malnutrition by providing a food supplement which is a mixture of chana, wheat, groundnut, sesame and jaggery. People are being sensitised to prepare it at home. It is proposed to start production and packaging in sachets for single use through a semi-automatic unit to be managed by women.
  • Enabling women to set up a production unit for manufacture and distribution of sanitary pads and providing electrical or solar powered mini-incinerator for their disposal.

Among the items sought for are Tales of Panchatantra in Hindi and English, Chandamama, Phantom, Tarzan, Mandrake, Chacha Chaudhary, Champak, Tinkle etc would draw in the children; newspapers and magazines like Times of India, Hindustan Times, Jagran, Dainik Bhaskar, Aaj, India Today, Outlook etc in Hindi and English would cater to the young and elderly. Magazines like Competition Success Review, Manorama Year Book, Rapidex, English Speaking, Motivational Books etc would enable students to gain knowledge and acquire skills.

Old and discarded but still usable hardware like i-Pads, Tablets, Note-Books, Desktops, Laptops etc are welcome. Toys of all kinds in working condition are also welcome. Similarly, old/new comics, story books, subscriptions of newspapers and magazines are solicited.

HUDCO, which built the community hall long back, has undertaken to renovate and refurbish it at its own cost, saving the Trust substantial amounts in civil works.

Donors should donate the items by direct delivery to the Trust which has its office and area of operation at the village community hall. Subscriptions may be made in the name of the Trust and the items may be couriered to:

Ramesh Kumar, Office Incharge, Bandi Parmeshwariji Charitable Trust, Village and Post-Murgawan, Block-Ben, District-Nalanda, Bihar-803114, India. Mobile : +91-8409861762

Binod Narayan Singh is the Secretary of the Trust and he can be reached at +91-9431646032.

Please spread the word in your circles so that more people can donate.

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Kanpur policeman sleeping video divides Twitter | Watch

The video also shows two men entering to make the video of the incident, however, the police officer can be seen unphased as he kept on sleeping.



Kanpur policeman sleeping on duty

A video has come to light from Uttar Pradesh’s Kanpur where a police officer can be seen sleeping on duty inside the Barra Police station. The video shows 2 people entering the police precinct and recording the sleeping police officer.

After the video went viral, many users came forward to remark on the incident while many supported the police officer for getting some shut-eye after the hectic work of a police officer. In the video, a police officer can be seen sitting and resting his head on the table as he continues to sleep.

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The video also shows two men entering to make the video of the incident, however, the police officer can be seen unphased as he kept on sleeping.

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Twitter reaction

After the video went viral, many user rushed in to add their takes on the incident as one user came forward and wrote and blasted the people who recorded the incident as the user stated that they should be ashamed of themselves for making such videos. They should have been compassionate and asked the reason for his untimely sleep during duty, suggesting that the officer must have had to work till late due to which he is now sleeping.

Another user added to the conversation and wrote that spend just a day in a policeman’s shoes and one will realise the tolling hours the police are made to work. The user also added at the end of the day the policeman is a human being, after all, implying that everyone gets tired and exhausted after a while.

One more also highlighted the hectic hours they are made to work and sometimes it also has to work 7 days a week. The user also added that taking a break at work shouldn’t be frowned upon, implying that it is important to also take time to rest in the office.

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Politics over Rahul Gandhi’s Mahakal darshan, BJP challenges him to recite Mahamrityunjaya Mantra

Furious with the objection, the Congress said that unlike BJP leaders, Rahul Gandhi is not going to conduct a photo session inside the temple.



Rahul Gandhi

Rahul Gandhi, who is set out on Bharat Jodo Yatra, will visit Mahakal in Ujjain today. And now politics has intensified on Rahul Gandhi’s visit of Mahakal and BJP has challenged the Congress MP to recite the Mahamrityunjaya mantra after calling him an electoral Hindu.

But seems like the Congress Party is in no mood to take on any non-sense from anyone as they were quick to respond and hit back on BJP by saying that BJP is seeing its defeat in 2024 and Rahul’s padyatra (Bharat Jodo Yatra) has shaken the BJP.

Calling Rahul Gandhi as an electoral Hindu, the Bhartiya Janata Party said that he has reached the door of Mahakal on an electoral philosophy. BJP spokesperson Rajpal Singh Sisodia while reciting the Mahamrityunjaya mantra of Mahakal on camera said that if Rahul Gandhi is a true Shiv devotee, then he should recite the Mahamrityunjaya mantra of Mahakal.

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Furious with the objection of the BJP, the Congress said that like the BJP leaders, Rahul Gandhi is not going to conduct a photo session. He is a devotee of Mahakal and is going for darshan. They further said that BJP should not tell how Rahul Gandhi has to worship anyone. Congress spokesperson Mithun Ahirwar said that BJP is seeing its defeat in 2023, that is why Rahul Gandhi’s padyatra is making them agitated.

Rahul Gandhi’s Bharat Jodo Yatra entered Madhya Pradesh on 23 November after completing a journey of 2000 kilometers in South India. This yatra will now move through 14 assembly seats of 6 districts of Malwa Nimar via Burhanpur. There are 66 assembly seats in this entire region. In this, 22 seats are reserved for Scheduled Tribes and 9 seats for Scheduled Castes.

In Rahul Gandhi’s visit to MP, special attention has been given to the geographical conditions as well as the importance of Malwa-Nimar in the politics of the state. This area is also known as the nursery of the Sangh. Congress is trying to reach every section of the society in the state through this yatra.

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